The District of Squamish and Member of Parliament John Weston are working together to get the Mamquam Blind Channel dredged.
"We are committed to helping local stakeholders achieve the long sought goal of dredging the Mamquam Channel," stated Weston in a press release sent out Wednesday (Oct. 21). "We have specific timelines and have assembled the people and companies most clearly likely to benefit from the dredging."
Two meetings of the newly-formed Mamquam Dredging Action Group Meeting have been held over the last month, bringing together the Squamish Nation, Mayor Greg Gardner, Weston, local developers, marina owners and Squamish Tug to get the project funded. The latest meeting was held Thursday, Oct. 15 in council chambers.
"In a time of economic restraint, we have to move away from taxpayer-driven to stakeholder-driven funding for projects like the Mamquam dredging," stated Gardner in the release.
"While years ago the Government of Canada got away from funding dredging in our country, I believe we can find other creative ways to make the dredging happen," said Weston.